Sleep Clinic is for children with additional needs. A referral is needed to access the clinic- this can be made by Health Visitor, School, Children Centre Staff or Parents/carers.
Families are seen by trained Sleep Counsellor’s who can help families to manage various sleep problems.
Developing Good Sleep Hygiene
- Make sure that the child’s room is quiet and dark.
- Wake the child at a regular hour each morning, so that the circadian cycle is strengthened.
- Keep a regular bedtime for the child.
- Keep room temperature to a comfortable level. High temperatures disturb sleep.
- Environmental noise should be kept to a minimum (no loud TVs).
- Make sure that the child does not go to bed hungry, but do not give a child over 6 months old feeds/drinks during the night.
- Help the child to learn to fall asleep alone in his/her bed, without your presence.
- Avoid stimulating activity in the hour before bedtime.
- Do not let the child have prolonged naps in the late afternoon. If the child still needs to sleep, schedule the nap for early afternoon.
- Avoid drinks of cola, chocolate, tea and coffee i.e. caffeine and additives, before bedtime, instead have a warm milk drink.
(Copied with kind permission of Sleep Scotland)